Mother's (Ahmie's) Devil's Food Cake
1 cup cocoa
1/2 cup Crisco or butter
2 cups sugar
2 large egg yolks or 4 small
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons baking soda
In a 2-cup measure, put cocoa powder; add a small amount of hot water and stir until cocoa dissolves. Fill remainder of measuring cup with milk to bring the measurement up to 2 cups total.
Combine flour, salt and baking soda, mixing well. Set aside.
Cream shortening or butter and sugar, add egg yolk, beating for one minute. Stir in vanilla and remaining ingredients.
Mix for one minute. Turn batter into a well-buttered 13 x 9 pan which has been lightly dusted with cocoa (shake out any excess cocoa).Bake for about 40 minutes or until cake tests done.
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